Author Archive for Shenali Waduge

Constitutional Amendments: What the Public must demand from the Government

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Electoral System must be changed before 2025 General Elections WHY: This is a key area that will clean up the Parliament from corrupt. A criteria to accept nominations, voting system changed to FIRST PAST THE POST system, seat allocation for province revisited & allocated as per population representation. This must include no dual citizen […]

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Comparing the 19th amendment & 20th amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Anything done in haste is wasted and both 19th and 20th amendment as well as 18th amendment were clearly not done with country interest but with personal interest. This is undemocratic and unhealthy for a country & it is reason for so many confusions and contradictions and heated debates. These are all uncalled for and […]

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Why 21a should not be passed – Ranil is only a caretaker PM

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Shenali D Waduge 21a is re-attempting to transfer the powers of the President to the Prime Minister. Ranil is only a caretaker PM. The newly appointed cocktail cabinet are only care taker Ministers. They are not part of the Government elected in 2020 which still has the numbers though the PM of the Govt was […]

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To change the system – change the electoral system first

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Everyone is parroting system change but everyone is reluctant to point out where to start the change. The present parliament is already elected. We cannot make changes to the present Parliament. But we can make sure the next Parliament makes the changes we want. What are the changes that we want. Re-allocating […]

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19th amendment attempted to transfer powers of the President to the PM

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Shenali D Waduge It was clear that 19a was drafted taking into consideration the President in power & the hurriedly appointing Ranil Wickremasinghe who was Opposition Leader as PM without removing the sitting PM (D M Jayaratne) The legality of this remains unanswered. 18 FR petitions were filed in SC. There were amendments to amendments […]

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An alternative to Privatization & making State Assets/Resources profitable in Sri Lanka

Friday, May 20th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge The current reality is: Sri Lanka has a financial problem Our expenses are higher than our revenues Living off loans & paying back with interest is not the solution Mismanagement, Waste & Corruption Public assets/resources not utilized to the benefit of the People The people too have got used to living beyond […]

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Put a few politicians and senior public officials to prison & CHANGE will start

Friday, May 20th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge The problem does not lie in the constitution (only clauses that have been inserted in self-interest & not in national interest) or the laws but in its application & by those required to abide by the laws. Society starts to crack & governance starts to suffer when people manipulate the system, corrupt the […]

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Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day – Questions for Canada

Friday, May 20th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge We have a situation. Sri Lanka ended 30 years of LTTE terrorism in 3 years on 18 May 2009 bringing to safety 294,000 Tamils among whom were close to 12,000 LTTE combatants in civilian clothing and 545 child soldiers. The civilians are now leading normal lives & LTTE combatants are rehabilitated & […]

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Practical approach to solving Sri Lanka’s crisis

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge A crisis is the best time to analyze what went wrong & what we can do to correct this. A constitution is just a piece of paper. Its applicability is what matters. Its applicability by the correct persons is equally important. The problem lies in the issue of definition of ‘correct persons’. […]

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Doesn’t JVP want to win elections?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge JVP is undoubtedly the best organized political party in Sri Lanka. It is also the richest party in Sri Lanka. Its base includes the youth & adults & disenchanted voters of other parties. Prior to every election, the JVP take pains to support the ground campaigning of other parties instead of its […]

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Separating Bhikkus from Laypersons: Bhikku’s must enter only Bhikku universities

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge One of the biggest mistakes made post-1978 was to create a lay-focused education system for Bhikkus allowing them to enter universities/institutes with laypersons. This resulted in the decline in the importance given to pirivena education system as well as the Bhikkus. While this is not to discuss or debate on Bhikkus, it […]

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18 May 2009 Sri Lanka defeats LTTE: If you can’t name the dead 40,000 there is no ‘genocide’

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Sri Lanka’s conflict is defined a non-international armed conflict. LTTE was an armed non-state actor. 3 decades of armed militancy ended on 18 May 2009. The military offensive took place amidst a humanitarian rescue operation that saved 294,000 people. The victory was marred by allegations initiated by entities linked to the militants. The most […]

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How about thanking Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces for saving Tamil children from becoming Child Soldiers!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Bricks are easier to throw than Bouquets. Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces sadly have never got the accolades they deserve. They never will. Being grateful doesn’t fit into the scheme of things. Every time well-funded campaigns nit-pick on what they didn’t do ignoring all that they did. No national army in the world […]

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Would Mahinda Rajapakse set fire to his own house?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Ask yourself, if you were Mahinda Rajapakse, with no intention of resigning as PM, would you unleash a mob to attack unarmed protestors, knowing the ultimate blame will fall on your shoulders? Presuming the answer is negative, think about what could have really happened. Without falling for pick &  go versions, think […]

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Does the BASL proposals answer the economic crisis in Sri Lanka?

Sunday, May 8th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has presented a list of proposals claiming they will ‘restore political & economic stability’ in the country. While these are a set of ‘aspired’ goals, there is no pressing necessity to be implementing any one of the proposals unless they provide immediate solutions, which are the […]

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Situation in Sri Lanka – are we returning to Dutch-East-India Company rule?

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge On one side of the spectrum protests are calling for the stepping down of entire Parliament, amidst this are a bevy of piggy-bank protestors while the more important question should be where do we go from where we are now – an economic & political crisis. Is there light at the end […]

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Why didn’t HarinF tell the Cardinal about Easter Sunday attacks?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge According to the former SIS head Nilantha Jayawardena at least 15,000 people knew of an impending attack on Easter Sunday – to this list of 15,000 people included entire Parliament & even diplomatic missions. All of them are now trying to palm of their guilty conscience by accusing others. Amongst the MPs […]

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Nearly 15,000 knew of Easter Sunday attacks including HarinF & Diplomatic Missions

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Shenali D Waduge In October 2020 the former head of State Intelligence Service Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that nearly 15,000 people were aware of the Easter Sunday attacks 10 days BEFORE THE ATTACKS (11 April 2019) & this included diplomatic missions & Parliament. What a shocking number. Does this include […]

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20 year National plan for Sri Lanka – No political Parties

Sunday, May 1st, 2022

Shenali D Waduge In 44 years of the executive constitution, Sri Lanka has seen nothing but political debacles. It is when we reach a stage of chaos that inspires us to think of ways to change and adopt new systems with the consent of the people. Therefore, people’s consensus is important. Nothing should be decided […]

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What is the Sri Lankan President up to?

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge The President of Sri Lanka came to power in November 2019 with an overwhelming majority promising to deliver on his manifesto. He will go down in history as one of the most unluckiest leaders walking into a covid crisis – deaths & lockdowns, vaccinations & dealing with the collapse of revenue. This […]

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Sri Lanka’s Protestors – Your solutions, please

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Governments are changed by elections. The people’s sovereignty is claimed during an election where they either elect or reject political parties or politicians. Suddenly, we are seeing people demand the stepping down of the entire government apparatus. Are Protestors the voice of the entire voting population. Does the demands of the protestors […]

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Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Massacre: The “mahamolakaruwa” its pawns & those who knew

Friday, April 29th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge On 21st April 2019 after exactly 10 years following 30 years of brutal terror, another form of terrorism struck. Everyone is seeking justice – but from whom, is the question. The Pope and the Vatican who has been appraised by the Cardinal is also seeking investigation. No investigation can be completed unless there […]

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith must listen to Zaharan Hashim made before Easter Sunday suicide mission

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge On 21st April 2019, 8 suicide bombers carried out attacks on 3 churches, 3 hotels and 1 guest house. This mass suicide killed close to 300 people and has injured many more. It took place during the government of President Maithripala Sirisena & Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The suicides took place inspite of […]

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Other countries can mention God – but Sri Lanka can’t mention Buddha

Monday, April 25th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Every time Sri Lanka mentions the words Sinhalese, Buddhists or Buddhism the whole world appears to get agitated & they take pains to showcase why there should be no reference to Sinhala Buddhists or the Buddhist ethos that governs this island nation. In short, there is a well-funded & well-campaigned effort to […]

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How privatization of public assets takes place in Sri Lanka : Lanka Marine Services to JKH in 2002

Monday, April 25th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge There are many who claim that the only solution to Sri Lanka’s economic problem is to privatize public assets. These are promoted by western monetary bodies & local corporates take advantage of the corruptions that exist in the bureaucracy. In essence, what needs to be accepted is that it is not only […]

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How privatization of public assets takes place in Sri Lanka : Lanka Marine Services to JKH in 2002

Sunday, April 24th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge There are many who claim that the only solution to Sri Lanka’s economic problem is to privatize public assets. These are promoted by western monetary bodies & local corporates take advantage of the corruptions that exist in the bureaucracy. In essence, what needs to be accepted is that it is not only […]

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Easter Sunday Mass Murders: Don’t play politics with the dead

Sunday, April 24th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge It has come to a level that even the dead are manipulated for political gain. The blame is now subtly being shifted with a twist for political purposes. These antics are not in any way helping the dead rest in peace. Sri Lanka has witnessed many deaths throughout its post-independence history. Thousands […]

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Is Sri Lanka & Sri Lankans ready to face tough IMF conditions?

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Sri Lanka is in a crisis. How much of that crisis is to be blamed on every government that ruled Sri Lanka since 1978 who have gone to monetary lending institutes for loans for loan repayment/development & meet budget deficits? From 1980s to 2009 much of the country’s expense went to defeating […]

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Making sense of Sri Lanka’s crisis & predicting the outcome

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Where do we start? How about the US-engineered regime change in 2015. It remains a puzzle why the engineers of the regime change decided to end yahapalana shelf-life, just as it is a puzzle why the present US-linked leaders together with a coterie of pro-US advisors, US-inclined Secretaries & Public Officials should […]

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Sri Lanka – People’s Protest – the planners behind the protests

Sunday, April 17th, 2022

Shenali D Waduge In Sri Lanka a series of protests are taking place with central location set up in Galle Fact Green. The original grievances have got diluted in a plethora of other slogans automatically questioning a possible covert game plan in operation. Having taken out the textbooks and gone through similar protests choreographed by […]

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